Live: Zelenskyy announces start of Russia’s offensive in east Ukraine

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Russia told Ukrainian forces fighting in Mariupol to lay down arms to save their lives, but there were no immediate reports of activity two hours after the ultimatum took effect at 0300 GMT in the strategic southeastern port. Moscow’s claim to have all but taken control of Mariupol could not be independently verified. Stay with TOI for latest updates on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.